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"Buffalo" Wings

These are not "authentic" because I prefer a light breading to naked wings.


Chicken Wings
Flour seasoned with salt and pepper
1/2 - 1 cup Hot pepper sauce (i.e. Tabasco)
1 cup (2 sticks) butter

(You'll notice that I'm not very specific on my amounts... you're getting an idea of how I really cook. I rarely measure anything... except when I bake. Baking is an entirely different animal.)

Prepare the wings by removing the tips and separating them at the joint with a knife or kitchen shears. Dry them thoroughly with paper towels. Coat each in the salt/pepper seasoned flour and place on a wire cooling rack set inside a rimmed baking sheet. Refrigerate (uncovered) for at least 30 minutes. Do not discard remaining flour yet.

Melt the butter and 1/2 cup of hot pepper sauce in a sauce pan over medium to low heat. Add more hot pepper sauce as desired for increased heat.

Before removing wings from the refrigerator, pour some oil in a Dutch oven or stock pot and heat it on high heat until it's, well, hot. Once the oil is hot, remove the wings from the refrigerator. Give them one last pass through the flour, then (gently) place them in the *hot* oil. Let them fry for a few minutes. They'll start to float but don't take them out until they are golden brown. Remove to a paper towel lined rimmed baking sheet to drain slightly. Immediately toss with wing sauce in a large bowl.

Serve with blue cheese dressing, beer, and a side of football. It doesn't get any better.

Italian Cheese-Stuffed Meat Loaf

1 1/2 pounds ground beef*
2 cups soft French bread crumbs
2 ounces (1/2 cup) shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
2 eggs
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 (8 ounce) can pizza sauce
6 ounces (1 1/2 cups) shredded provolone cheese
1 (7.25 ounce) jar roasted red bell peppers, drained & chopped
1/4 cup chopped ripe olives

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Line rimmed baking sheet with foil; spray with nonstick cooking spray. In large bowl, combine ground beef, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, basil, eggs garlic, salt, pepper and 1/2 cup of the pizza sauce; mix well.

On large piece of foil, shape ground beef mixture into 12 x 10 inch rectangle. Top with provolone cheese, roasted peppers and olives, distributing evenly up to 1/2 inch of edges. Starting from 10-inch side, lift up the edge of the aluminum foil to roll the meat loaf up jelly roll fashion. Seal dges well. Transfer and place seam side down in foil-lined pan.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 40 minutes. Remove meat loaf from oven. Spoon remaining pizza sauce over loaf and bake an additional 15 - 20 minutes or until loaf is thoroughly cooked in center and meet thermometer registers 160 degrees F. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

*I usually substitute 1 pound ground beef & 1 pound sausage for the 1 1/2 pounds ground beef.

Monkey Bread

3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 (7.5 ounce) cans of refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
1/2 cup melted butter or margarine, divided
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1-2 tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut biscuit dough into quarters with scissors or pizza cutter. Mix sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Roll dough quarters into balls and roll in cinnamon sugar combination until completely covered placing into a greased 12 cup fluted tube pan (or bundt pan). Halfway through, drizzle 1/4 cup of the melted butter. Top with remaining biscuit quarters and drizzle the remaining butter on top. Top unbaked loaf with remaining cinnamon/sugar mixture. Bake 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.

Meanwhile, prepare the glaze. Beat softened cream cheese and 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar in a bowl with electric mixer until well blended. Add 1-2 tablespoons of milk, beating until desired consistency is reached.

After removing from the oven, let loaf stand 5 minutes, then invert onto a plate. Spoon glaze on top while loaf is still warm.